Women's Basketball Edged By Coker In Final 23 Seconds, 88-86

Women's Basketball Edged By Coker In Final 23 Seconds, 88-86

Coker guard Jazz Green scored the final four points of the game, the last two serving as the game winner with 23 seconds left, to rally the Cobras from a two point deficit to defeat the Crusaders women's basketball team 88-86 this evening inside the Timken Center on the campus of Limestone College. The Cobras move to 1-1 on the year, while the Crusaders fall to 0-2.

The game featured ten ties and ten lead changes as the Crusaders fought back from a 71-63 deficit entering the fourth and final period.

Trailing 80-71with 6:03 to play, Belmont Abbey charged ahead 84-82 with 2:58 to play on the strength of a 13-2 run over the course of 3:05, capped off by an Alex Busch jumper that gave the Crusaders their first lead since the 7:47 mark of the second quarter.

After Busch gave the Crusaders the lead, Coker scored on its next possession to knot the contest at 84 with 2:30 to go. Both teams missed on their next possessions, then Larisa Bishop was fouled with 1:51 to play. She made both free throws to push the Abbey back in front 86-84, but the Crusaders did not score again.

Coker missed consecutive three-point attempts after securing the rebound on each, and after the second, Green sank a running layup with 1:11 seconds left to knot the contest for the tenth and final time, making the score 86 all.

Belmont Abbey's next possession came up empty, and the Crusaders, which had fouls to give, immediately fouled Green with 46 seconds showing. 23 seconds later, Green converted a layup to break the tie and give Coker a two point lead.

Down to its final possession, the Crusaders worked the clock and with ten seconds left Taylor Johnson's layup fell off the rim and Green cradled the rebound to secure the victory.

Gabrielle Bethel led four Crusaders in double figures with a career-high 24 points on eight of 12 shooting, while converting eight of 10 from the line. She added 12 rebounds and one assist. Morgan Midkiff added 17 points, three assists and a steal, while Johnson finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Busch added 12 points. 

Belmont Abbey shot 47 percent from the field and converted two of five from three point range as well as 22-27 from the free throw line.

The Crusaders open the home schedule Wednesday night at 5:30 when it welcomes Lenoir-Rhyne to the Wheeler Center.